Final unofficial numbers from the Lorain County Board of Elections indicated Boose got 14,186 votes, or 52 percent, to 11,389, or 42 percent, for Democratic newcomer Matthew T. Lark. Libertarian candidate Robert Sherwin, 55, came in third with 1,687 votes, or 6 percent.
The district also includes some communities in Huron County, where Boose had 10,561 votes to 7,028 for Lark and 911 for Sherwin with roughly 85 percent of the vote counted in that county.
A former Huron County commissioner, Boose, 56, is a controller for Norwalk Concrete.
He said he planned to return to Columbus to continue working for more job creation.
“Ohio has come a long way in the past two years — generating more jobs than any Midwest state — but we need to keep going because we’re a long way from where we need to be,” Boose said.
Toward that end, Boose said he would work on legislation to restructure the state’s tax system to make it “more business and people-friendly.”
Lark, 43, a Norwalk High School science teacher, campaigned for efforts to create good-paying, full-time jobs.
“For a guy who came out of the woodwork to run, I think I’m doing pretty good,” Lark said earlier in the evening.
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